Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hair Care 101; My Hair Story Part 7

We left off in Part 6, where I had gotten my first perm in 2005. My hair was still full and lovely UNTIL we moved from Alaska to Washington. In WA, we lived in a place that had well water (nothing wrong with that) BUT the water had very high levels of iron, it was even orange and would stain our toilet, sink and tub within a day. My daughter's hair even got an orange tint. My hair became very, very thin and so did my daughter's. At first I had thought it was my health because I had some severe health issues with my heart and liver in Alaska and upon arriving in WA that caused my hair to fall out in the front a little, as you can see below in the photo the bare patch in the front. However, seeing what it did to my daughter's hair too and reading about how heavy iron levels in your water damages your hair and its irreversible.....made me scared! So I started to wash my hair with distilled water and that was a task! I ended up going back to the shower head to wash my hair and watched my hair just get worse and worse and break off dramatically.

Now, my hair was already porous (after having a perm) so maybe had it been unprocessed, it would not have been effected as bad as it was. Nevertheless, we moved to another location that did not have high iron levels in the water! It seems like my hair would not grow at all even, my perm was about 2 years old but my growth was barely a few inches!



However, the damage had been done and I had lost SO MUCH length. My hair went from near my knees up to my backside (that's a lot of inches lost!) So what did I do? Stupid me, figured all was lost, so might as well get another perm. <---STUPID!!! I got this perm in March 2007. The perm was great and I didn't have much breakage at all with the perming process, although my hair really didn't need the extra processing!




You can't see the length fully, but you can tell it isn't as full toward the ends as it used to be before I got a perm and had the "iron water" experience. I started to use Garnier Fructis Color treated/permed Shampoo and Conditioner around this time and also used the Garnier Fructis leave-in conditioner every time!! In the beginning I was using some alcohol-free gels but eventually all I needed was leave-in conditioner and then I let my hair air-dry. NO HEAT!
I began to pray on my hair asking God to help me recover from the damage that I did to it and to make the hair grow in my "bare" spot in the front. And it did!!! I have more hair there now and my hair is getting better.

Here is a photo almost a year after my 2nd perm (I had red eyes in the photo, so I made them black with editing software......they aren't black in real life LOL, they are green lol). You can see that my hair had FINALLY started growing again! I had new growth and it grew in nice and black and lovely and silky just like old times lol.




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15 comments:

Blessed With 4 said...

Praise God your hair grew back and all is well. Your hair is lovely and soo long. My daughter's is to her behind and she is 4. It has never been cut. My 3 year old's is to the middle of her back and it has never been cut.
Happy, Healthy, and Blessed New Year to you and your family.
Hugs, BJ

Blessed With 4 said...

Praise God your hair grew back and all is well. Your hair is lovely and soo long. My daughter's is to her behind and she is 4. It has never been cut. My 3 year old's is to the middle of her back and it has never been cut.
Happy, Healthy, and Blessed New Year to you and your family.
Hugs, BJ

Amy Fichtner said...

Well I must say, I LOVED yur long curly hair!! It looked beautiful!!! I also really like your signiture. you are doing such a good job with your blog.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thank you BJ and Amy for the nice comments! :)

BJ..so precious about your daughter's! My daughter's hair is to her backside, she just turned 5. It would have been longer, but she wore a helmet the first year of her life and lost all of her black hair she had and then after the helmet issue, she grew in light brown hair. So I guess she is a year behind in growing hair hehe. =0

Bev

Candy-Faith said...

Love these pictures. Love your hair care series. I really cant wait for my hair to grow long. I will pray for my hair too :)

Candy

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks Candy! I hope yours does grow, keep me posted! :)

Bev

Chica said...

Don't take this the wrong way, but K's (I don't remember if you put her full name on here) looks a lil creepy with her face all whited out like that (although I do know why you do it)!

;)

Chica

Christian Homekeeper said...

LOL, ya I have put pictures or stickers over the faces before, but why bother? hehe If it gives you nightmares though, I can change it lol. =0

Bev

Anonymous said...

I haven't done a perm in years, ( I decided it wasn't worth it to damage my hair more) but I've got those thin hair-slow growing genes..*sigh* but it's growing slowly and at least has a nice healthy sheen to it. I periodically use sesame seed oil all through it and braid it up as a leave in for most of the day before washing it...

Twocans

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comment Twocans! :) I do mine in a braid also around the house usually or a bun.

Bev

Christian Homekeeper said...

Hey, I put a black spot over her face instead of the white, hope everyone sleeps better tonight hehe. =0

Bev

Chica said...

That is a bit better, all I have to worry
about now is the vivid nightmares from K's clown face...

hahahahahahahahah

Chica

Christian Homekeeper said...

Hehe, hope you got a good laugh out of it ChIcA! :) Sweet dreams.....lol

Bev

stef said...

our home has major iron problems in our water and i am struggling with orange staining my hair :( we have been living here for 4 years and i have yet to find anything to help the problem

Christian Homekeeper said...

I'm sorry Stef that you are dealing with those issues with the orange staining! I hope you can get a filter for your water heater or something to help. Thanks for the comment! :)

Bev

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